Packers linebacker Erik Walden, who had the game of his life against the Bears in Week 17, will start in place of injured Frank Zombo in today's NFC Championship Game.
Walden, a third-year pro from Middle Tennessee State who was picked up off the street on Oct. 27 after being cut by the Dolphins, had three sacks and 12 tackles in the Packers' 10-3 victory over the Bears that put the Packers in the playoffs. He has seven tackles and one sack in two playoff games.
''I expect nothing less than their best shot [today],'' Walden said. ''I can't really say they weren't prepared for me the last time -- I had two games on film that they had seen. Maybe they didn't expect me to play that well. But I always knew my capabilities. I was just out there playing football, having fun.
''But I know they'll know exactly where I'm at [today]. I'm expecting nothing but the best from the Bears.''